BTRIPP (btripp) wrote,
BTRIPP
btripp

Has anybody actually read the bill?

I didn't think so.

Here it is: http://www.govtrack.us/data/us/bills.text/109/h/h6054.pdf

To be perfectly honest, I have conflicting Libertarian and Fascistic leanings. While I strongly believe in individual freedoms and Constitutionally-limited government, I also believe that these things come with individual responsibilities and those who do not live up to these responsibilities should be viewed with suspicion at best. Frankly, I believe that Citizenship should be earned (ala Heinlein), and the political system should be a Meritocracy rather than a Democracy ... the latter (given unlimited granting of franchise) being little better than mob rule. There are substantial portions of the populace that, in "Brendan's ideal world" would be de jure "second class citizens" because they lack the tools or the orientation to be useful, productive, Citizens. There are also substantial numbers of individuals (many quite prominent) who, in an "ideal world" would have long ago hung for Treason. As such, I do have conflicting reactions to this bill, with part of me feeling it is a "wrong thing", while the other part of me being enthused at our being more efficiently able to "deal with" our enemies (as the phrase goes, both "foreign and domestic").

The Left is acting like Michael Moore and Cindy Sheehan are in imminent danger of finding themselves strapped to a "waterboard" in a small dark basement room ... while I would like to see folks like that shot in the face, I'm pretty sure this bill will never be used that way. As somebody on my Friends List noted, this is a country where people openly sell butt plugs in the likeness of the President ... we are so far "on the side of the angels" compared to our enemies that the Left's paranoia is laughable.


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